How England rated against Germany

Eric Dier celebrates England's winner

Eric Dier’s first goal for England came deep into injury time

England mounted a stunning comeback to come from two goals behind to beat world champions Germany.

Dele Alli starred on a memorable night in Berlin as Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier scored England’s goals.

So how did England’s players fare overall? Chief football writer Phil McNulty runs the rule over the players on duty.

Jack Butland (goalkeeper) 5

Sad night for a good goalkeeper – carrying an injury before making his mistake for Toni Kroos’ goal.

Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) 6

Excellent going forward but still questions to answer defensively. Superb cross for Vardy’s goal.

Chris Smalling (centre-back) 6

Part of an uncertain looking central defence but did better than Gary Cahill.

Gary Cahill (centre-back) 5

Had a mixed season for Chelsea and was flawed here. Looks uncertain against the highest class and was caught out for Mario Gomez’s goal, getting exposed by Emre Can’s cross.

Danny Rose (left-back) 7

Not a bad England debut and did not do his Euro 2016 chances any harm. With no standout candidates at left-back deserves another opportunity.

Eric Dier (central midfielder) 7

Another who has put his name firmly into Hodgson’s plans for Euro 2016. Very solid in central midfield without being spectacular and capped it all with that towering injury-time header that gave England an outstanding victory.

Jordan Henderson (central midfielder) 5

Hard to see how he will flourish for England against elite opposition. Hard working but real impact minimal.

Adam Lallana (attacking midfielder) 5

Another who was on the periphery. Talented player but did nothing to suggest he would be a starter in France when Hodgson’s serious shake-up is complete.

Dele Alli (attacking midfielder) 9

England’s best player and lived up to the pre-match hype comparing him to former England captain Bryan Robson. Contributed in all areas and could have had a goal but was thwarted twice by Germany keeper Manuel Neuer. His fine performance was marred with a bad late miss.

Danny Welbeck (attacking midfielder) 6

Trusted by Hodgson and back in the starting line-up for the first time in a year after injury. Worked hard in the wide positions and set up a couple of chances. Back in the fold.

Harry Kane (striker) 8

Excellent all-round performance from the Spurs striker. Worked hard, linked well and scored with clinical efficiency. A Euro 2016 starter.


Fraser Forster (on for Butland 43 minutes) 6

Did well to turn away Marco Reus’ free-kick and could do nothing about Gomez’s goal.

Jamie Vardy (on for Welbeck 70 minutes) 7

What an impact. Brilliant flick brought England level and set up Alli for a chance he should have scored.

Ross Barkley (for Lallana 70 minutes) 5

One or two nice touches but little time to make a serious impact.

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